Steven Vai InterviewDate: April 6, 2023
uitar legend Steve Vai talks about his latest album Vai/Gash in an exclusive WSOU interview! The album does not feature what many would expect from a Steve Vai record. It is a tribute to his fascination with motorcycle culture and the associated "classic rock" sound of the 70s. Vai said that he "was never really into cars or exotic old guitars or anything. But I was into studio gear and Harleys." The album features late friend of Vai Johnny "Gash" Sombrotto. "Gash didn't know how to do anything else but be entirely himself. No pretention, no placating a genre or a radio station or a record company...nothing!" Vai said. The two made the album so that Vai would have something to listen to when riding his motorcycle. However, the album ended up sitting on the shelf for almost 30 years...until 2023. Listeners can now explore the classic rock side of Vai on the album Vai/Gash and absorb the creative force of Johnny "Gash" Sombrotto. "This record transcends Steve Vai as a guitar player, artist, whatever," Vai remarks. "I'm a contributor...it's geared towards listening pleasure for people that love that old kind of 70s-80s straight ahead rock."